Board of Directors
Robin is an entrepreneur working to build both market and social impact. Previously, Robin was VP of market development at Endurance International Group, a cloud-based website and marketing SAAS provider to SMBs worldwide. He has worked at Ashoka, a network of social innovators in 90+ countries. Robin was an early team member in the India office of a global data analytics and consulting company, and began his career in financial services in the US and UK. He is a two-time semifinalist of the MIT100K entrepreneurship competition. He holds an MBA from M.I.T. and a BA in international relations and economics from the University of Pennsylvania.
Robin also served as a board member at Warm Heart Worldwide, whose founders he collaborated with for 17 years, including launching Global PACT, a social enterprise supporting young leaders solving self-identified problems in their communities. He co-developed Global PACT’s learning methods in Mongolia, facilitated its youth leadership workshops in the US, and co-led its month-long all-Balkans workshops focused on youth leadership in post-conflict civic engagement.
Joe has been serving communities in and around the Boston area for over three decades. His 26 year career as an officer, supervisor, Sergeant, and Lieutenant Commander in the Somerville Police Department have given him a first hand look at the challenges facing our communities. He has been awarded numerous medals for bravery and valor in the line of duty. During his time in law enforcement he ran such programs as “Cops and Kids,” and “Adopt-a-School’” in which community police officers were charged with interacting with young students in individual schools throughout the city. Furthermore, Joe taught in the “Changing Lives through Literature” program which as a cutting edge alternative sentencing program uses the power of literature to transform lives through reading and group discussion.
Most recently, he served as the program director for Alliance House, a residential, therapy based treatment facility for juvenile boys, ages 13-18, where he managed long range planning, staffing, training and the development of literature, music, athletics, and art based programs for youth committed to the residence. Joe holds a bachelors degree from UMass Boston as well as Masters in Criminal Justice and the Arts. Joe is born and raised in Somerville, MA and has three children.
Founder & Executive Director
With over a decade of experience in the outdoor industry, Alec has refined his skills in outdoor leadership and education. As an alumnus of the National Outdoor Leadership School and founder of two adventure outfitters (ACKkayak & Patagon Adventures) he is proficient in risk management, environmental education, and business management. Furthermore he has worked as an environmental consultant for various Conservation organizations. Most recently he became manager of TownPool, a retail/marketing company, based in Nantucket and Boston. Along with his passion for the outdoors he has become an ambassador for youth mentoring in the Boston area. Currently he is a mentor in the Big Brother Big Sisters program as well as a certified instructor in the field of Positive Youth Development. As the Founder of Elevate Youth, Alec continues his work in highlighting the importance of nature and mentorship in the lives of underserved youth.
Alec grew up in Butler, Maryland and has been living in the Boston area for the past five years.
With over a decade spent in healthcare, John has extensive experience in financial redesign, programmatic growth, and professional services in a dynamic and evolving industry. His work frequently centers on finance and operational transformation as the drivers for patient outcomes and satisfaction. Currently, he serves as a Senior Customer Success Manager at athenahealth. Prior to that, he served as a Consultant at ECG Management Consultants in their Academic Healthcare Practice focusing on funds flow redesign and clinical integration projects at academic medical centers (AMCs) across the country. In a distant life, he worked at two of the nation’s leading AMCs, Boston Children’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, where his focus was hospital inpatient intensive care operations and administration and physician organization psychiatric inpatient, emergency department, and satellite clinic operations and financial oversight, respectively. He holds a bachelor of science degree in biology from the University of New Hampshire and a master of public health degree with a focus in policy and management from Boston University. John grew up on Peaks Island and Portland Maine and has lived in the Boston area for 10+ years.
Benjamin serves as the Customer Success Manager, US for Biocomputing Platforms (BC Platforms). He has extensive experience in helping teams develop systems, tools, and methodologies to better serve clients. Benjamin served as an overnight Counselor at Boys State Massachusetts for five years in which he taught leadership skills to youth in the program. Furthermore, he has been involved in joint research in Marine and Molecular biology and assisted in international conservation initiatives between several institutions. Benjamin has served as a mentor in the Big Brother Big Sisters program and continues to be an example of a positive mentor for youth in the Boston area. He holds a BA in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and a minor in Philosophy from Boston University and currently resides in Boston
As the Program Director for SEL, Shaunda co-leads Boston’s participation in the Partnerships in Social and Emotional Learning Initiative (PSELI) in collaboration with Boston Public Schools. PSELI is a new initiative funded by The Wallace Foundation to enhance the social and emotional learning efforts of schools and their after‐school partners.
Before joining BASB, Shaunda was the Associate Director at Strong Women, Strong Girls (SWSG) Boston where she oversaw the strategic development and implementation of all aspects of the Boston program and team; as well as supported the Executive Director in overall organizational management. Prior to her role at SWSG, Shaunda was the Program Manager for Massachusetts at the National Center on Time & Learning where she led the development and implementation of professional learning for expanded learning time (ELT) schools statewide. She also served as Program Associate and Coordinator for the organization, helping to launch and manage national and statewide programs delivering deep technical assistance to schools and districts planning for and implementing a longer and improved schedule and day. Shaunda’s experience spans the non-profit, public, and private sectors. In her spare time she supports organizations in developing anti-racist business practices and platforms, facilitating workshops to build racial awareness, cultural competency, and to promote multiculturalism. She is a passionate social reformer dedicated to developing systems and practices that lead to more inclusive communities.
Shaunda received a B.A. in History with minors in Sociology and Africana Studies from The George Washington University, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership through the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University.
Youth Development Chair
Nicole brings a wealth of experience in early childhood education. She has been a teacher in Boston Public Schools for 15 years with a focus on Special Education. She is a volunteer coach with Harlem Lacrosse Boston as well as a coach for a young girls team based in Dorchester with MetroLacrosse. She has been a Big Sister with BBBSMB and has given her free time to multiple community driven organizations. With a Masters in Mental Health Counseling and Movement Therapy from Lesley University, Nicole is an expert in curriculum development as well as lesson planning.